Apple's iOS 15 is out. While it does not have a significant design makeover, it does include several important features and updates such as a FaceTime redesign, new notifications, and Live Text in the camera, among others. 
Not to be confused with iOS 14.8, which was released last week to address a security vulnerability, iOS 15 adds new features to various iPhone generations. The latest operating system also provides several features customized for Indian users.

  • The Apple Messages app now has much-needed customizations. Users can now choose whether or not to receive notifications for the three main types of messages in the app. Now, notifications from unknown senders, transactions and promotions can now be turned off.
  • Apple has introduced support for the UPI payments app from the camera. In simpler words, users can scan UPI-base QR codes in the camera app. This is particularly useful if you have many UPI apps installed on your phone and want to scan directly from the camera.
When scanning QR codes, Apple will let customers select up to ten of their most frequently used UPI payment apps.
  • Siri will now recognise requests that include English as well as other regional languages. Hindi, Telugu, Kannada, Marathi, Tamil, Bengali, Gujarati, Malayalam and Punjabi are among the languages supported.
  • For Indian users, iOS 15 introduced new dictionaries. Urdu–English, Tamil–English, Telugu–English, and Gujarati–English are now supported bilingual dictionaries.
  • As part of the Smart Replies feature, Apple is introducing support for ten new Indian languages. Urdu, Bangla, Tamil, Punjabi, Marathi, Gujarati, Malayalam, Telugu, Kannada and Odiya are among the languages supported.
  • If you're one of the few users- Indian or others- who hasn't increased their iCloud storage above the free 5GB, you'll appreciate this new feature. When a user purchases a new device, they will be able to transfer their data via iCloud Backup. Even if your iCloud storage is minimal, this will work.
  • Apple will provide consumers with "as much storage" as they require to facilitate the data transfer. At no additional cost, the temporary backup will be valid for three weeks.
  • India will have its own Air Quality maps, which will be available in the Maps app.
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FaceTime upgrades
FaceTime will include spatial audio, which will make people's voices appear to come from where they are on the screen, making video chats feel more realistic and lifelike. FaceTime will also begin to resemble Zoom, with the ability to see all participants in a grid format, plan calls and share call links that can be accessed via browser on Google Android and Microsoft Windows devices.
iMessage sharing features
Photos, news articles, and playlists can now be shared via iMessage in iOS 15. When a friend gives you many photographs via iMessage, they'll show in a dynamic collage format that you can swipe through or tap to view all of them in your photos app. In your News and Apple Music apps, you'll also find news stories and playlists shared via iMessage. 
Apple Maps update
More elevation data, road colours and driving directions are added to Apple Maps, along with rich labelling, 3D landmarks, and better night mode. You can also pin local public transit stops and station information to your iPhone and Apple Watch devices for automatic updates and notifications as you travel and approach your stop.
When walking, a new virtual reality feature allows users to use the iPhone's camera to scan nearby buildings in the area to identify their specific location for more accurate walking directions. Maps might also take into account weather warnings when recommending routes. 

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